Vic­tims tar­geted be­cause she didn’t like them

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By DAVID HOLT news@sun­daysport.co.uk

A COM­PUL­SIVE liar who made ELEVEN false claims that she was raped has been jailed.

Elizabeth Jones, 22, made her first false claim in 2004 when she was aged just 13.

And in 2009 she was given a 10-month de­ten­tion and train­ing or­der for a sim­i­lar of­fence.

Be­tween 2005 and 2007 she had made eight other al­le­ga­tions, which po­lice in­ves­ti­gated, but she did not face court pro­ceed­ings.


Jones’ lat­est vic­tim was ar­rested and quizzed for nine hours be­fore be­ing re­leased with­out charge.

Po­lice launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter Jones, of Southamp­ton, Hants, got a friend to report she had been as­saulted.

She later went to the po­lice sta­tion for a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and re­peated her al­le­ga­tion.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Jen­nie Rickman re­vealed to Southamp­ton Crown Court that a man was ar­rested but he de­nied the rape al­le­ga­tion.

De­tec­tives later viewed CCTV cov­er­ing part of the house in which Jones claimed to have been at­tacked.

The video did not sup­port her story as it showed she was not forcibly taken there.

Ms Rick­ham said: “There is a his­tory of her mak­ing false al­le­ga­tions of this na­ture and this is the 11th in­ci­dent.

“Po­lice had to take her al­le­ga­tion se­ri­ously and car­ried out an ap­pro­pri­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“She was later ar­rested and ac­cepted she had lied about be­ing raped.

“She said she did it be­cause she did not like him.”

Jones ad­mit­ted to at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice and was sen­tenced for 16 months.


Judge Der­win Hope said the of­fence was not only se­ri­ous be­cause of “the ter­ri­ble emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence” the man she ac­cused had to en­dure, but also be­cause it struck at the heart of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

De­fend­ing, Me­gan Topliss said Jones had a dis­turbed child­hood and had been af­fected by the im­pact of be­ing in care.

FALSE: Elizabeth


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